Friday, 14 December, 2018

A New Election Might Be the Only Way Forward in North Carolina

Democrat Calls for Emergency Hearing in North Carolina's 9th District Race Over Voter Fraud North Carolina candidate paid $428k to consulting firm linked to alleged ballot tampering
Adrian Cunningham | 07 December, 2018, 15:38

That's one reason the GOP would be better off if the state held a new election for NC-09 and resolved the defects on their own. "Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when".

Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. Until yesterday, the focus on illegal activity involved just the collection of ballots, more so than the high non-return rates from the counties Dowless worked on behalf of the Mark Harris campaign.

Moody led after Election Day, but Burton wiped out his lead after absentees and provisional ballots were counted.

The North Carolina Board of Elections is slated to hold an open hearing on or before December 21 to discuss the findings of its investigation. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

Nearly a month after Republican Mark Harris declared victory in his North Carolina race for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state's election board is declining to certify the result as it probes mail-in ballots from two rural counties that have been called into question.

It's "bigger than that one seat", she said, but about the "integrity of elections".

"The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the victor of the election", Pelosi added. But of the voters who turned in the absentee ballots, only 19 percent were registered Republicans. According to the Observer, Dowless paid people - sometimes high on opioids - in cash to collect and divert absentee ballots, an illegal action under North Carolina election laws.

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There is little chance as many voters who cast ballots on November 6 would vote if new elections are held, Stone said.

The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats. "The House still retains the right to decide who is seated".

Bishop and other Republican senators called on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to work with the legislature to create a new task force to look into the Harris-McCready race, as well as allegations of fraud they believe might have helped Cooper defeat McCrory in 2016.

Attention pivoted to a turnout operation run by Dowless, who was working for Red Dome Group, a company hired by the Harris campaign. North Carolina requires witnesses to sign absentee ballots.

The 9th congressional district has been represented by a Republican in Washington for more than five decades.

Woodhouse's comments on Thursday stand in contrast to his position earlier in the week when he dismissed the idea of a new election in the Ninth District. They said neither election boards appointed by under governors from both parties, nor prosecutors, have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.

"This has shaken us to the core", he said.